Los Angeles Dodgers Lead California Baseball in 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers

Major League Baseball is one of the most exhausting sports in the world -- not because of the physicality of the game but the sheer longevity of it. The Los Angeles Dodgers more than any other team in 2017 can prove just how much a long season can change a teams prospects. Los Angeles, the MLB leader in wins this season, went through a horrific stretch of games where they set a record for consecutive games lost. Still, LAD won their division and now are eyeing up the postseason. The Dodgers are looking toward a World Series run but it won't be easy.

Los Angeles set their pace this seas as a team with a dominant pitching led by the best player in baseball, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, as dominant as he has been, however could not be counted on to run the postseason on his own. That is why Los Angeles spent heavy at the Trade Deadline in order to acquire Yu Darvish. Darvish, a free agent this off season, was acquired with the sole purpose of putting Los Angeles over the hump in their hunt for a World Series title. Darvish for his part has been as good as advertised, racking up a 4 -3 record with a 3.44 ERA. Darvish will be joined by Rich Hill and Alex Wood, two of the better 3rd and 4th starters in the MLB.

The key to Los Angeles coming up big in the postseason all rests on how well their pitching rotation shows up. Los Angeles knows that they have enough offense to compete with anyone, thanks in large part to the growth of rookie Cody Bellinger, but their recent history shows that rotation matters more than anything. Los Angeles has had 12 starts in the postseason since 2013 from pitchers not named Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke. Of those 12 starts there have been only three quality outings: one from Rich Hill and a pair from Hyun-Jin Ryu. This proves in essence that Los Angeles will win or lose in the playoffs not based off of Kershaw and the elite offense, but in how the back end of their rotation performs.

Right now it is looking like the Los Angeles Dodgers will be squaring off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL Division series. This match up has the chance to give Los Angeles some very real struggle while giving fans at home some great baseball.


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